Ibis Ripley 29er is Here

by Brian Mullin on March 18, 2013

The
long-anticipated release of the Ibis Ripley 29er was officially
broadcasted to the world today. It was initially announced back in the
summer of 2011, and has been in the design phase for 5 years. They have
gone through many iterations of the frame, changed factories, and spent a
lot of effort working out the kinks of the innovative internal
dual-eccentric dw-link suspension linkages.

Ibis
had been very quiet about any specifics on the bike until a countdown
clock appeared on their website a few weeks ago. We all interpreted what
it was in regard to, until they leaked some pictures to back up what
we all knew was happening, the release of the Ripley.

The DW-Link
Ripley has 120mm of rear travel, and is approved for 120-140mm front
forks. It has a tapered headtube, two water bottle mounts, press-in bottom bracket, internal top
tube cable routing, 142mm rear, integrated direct mount front
derailleur, comes in Black and Blue, and the frameset retails for $2899.99. They finalized the geometry with a head angle of 70 degrees with a 120mm fork and 68.5 degrees with a 140mm, and chainstay length at 17.5″, bottom bracket height (w/ 2.1″ tires) at 12.8″ with 120mm fork and 13.25″ with 140mm, and weight is 5-5.2 lbs.

Design goals of the Ripley 29
Our
goal was to bring the advantages of a 29” wheel to a lightweight,
nimble and fun trailbike. We think 120 mm of travel is the sweet spot
for a snappy bike that isn’t cumbersome or heavy. We also wanted the
Ripley to be configurable for a wide range of terrain and riding styles,
so we made it compatible with 120–140 mm travel forks. We asked Dave
Weagle (Mr. dw-link) to give the Ripley pedaling efficiency, XC-like
acceleration and optimization for 29er specific gearing in addition to
the usual dw-attributes such as excellent small bump compliance,
predictable travel through the range with no wallowing or harsh bottom
out. This version of the dw-link, like the ones he’s done for us in the
past, delivers on the promise.

Features of the Ripley 29

  • Head Angle: 70 degrees w/ 120mm fork and 68.5 with 140mm
  • Chainstay Length: 17.5 inches
  • Bottom bracket height (w/ 2.1″ tires): 12.8″ w/ 120mm fork and 13.25″ with 140mm
  • 120mm rear wheel dw-link travel
  • 5.0 Pound frame with X Fusion Microlite Shock, 5.2 lbs with Fox RP23 CTD
  • Approved for 120-140mm forks, 32 or 34 stanchion
  • Tapered head tube (suitable for various Cane Creeks & Chris King InSet 3)
  • Internal TT cable routing with molded carbon cable stops
  • Shock Specs: 184mm x 44mm with .4 volume spacer
  • Provision for cable-actuated adjustable seat posts
  • BB92/Press GXP style integrated BB
  • 142mm Maxle rear axle
  • 160mm carbon fiber post mount rear brake mounts
  • High direct mount front derailleur mounts directly on swingarm
  • Headset: IS ZS44/28.6 | EC49/40
  • BB height w/ 2.1″ tires: 325mm (12.8″)
  • Geometry measured with 520.8mm axle to crown fork

For more info: http://www.ibiscycles.com/bikes/ripley_29er/

Geometry

With 120mm fork (520.8mm axle to crown)

With 140mm fork (552.8mm axle to crown)

Shared Measurements
  • Seat Post – Diameter 31.6mm
  • Front Derailleur – High Direct Mount
  • Headset – Mixed Tapered (1.5″ EC49 lower, 1.125″ ZS44 upper)
  • Bottom Bracket – BB92/Press GXP
  • Chainline – 51mm
  • Rear Brake – Post Mount
  • Rear Axle – 142 Maxle
Build Kits
  • Frame Only $2899.99
  • Shimano SLX $1800.00
  • Shimano XT $2700.00
  • Shimano XTR $4100.00
  • SRAM X0 $3100.00

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